Retiring Utah Senator Mitt Romney signaled we could be open to voting for a Democrat in the next presidential election if it helps keep Donald Trump out of the White House.
“I’d be happy to support virtually any one of the Republicans — maybe not Vivek [Ramaswamy] — but the others that are running would be acceptable to me, and I’d be happy to vote for them,” the retiring senator said Friday in an interview with CBS’s Norah O’Donnell.
“I’d be happy to vote for a number of the Democrats too,” he continued. “It would be an upgrade, in my opinion, from Donald Trump and perhaps also from Joe Biden.”
Romney announced in September that he would not seek reelection, sparking a wave of gloating insults from Trump. Romeny has been one of Trump’s staunchest critics among Senate Republicans, voting twice to impeach him.
“Mitt Romney, sometimes referred to as Pierre Delecto, will not be seeking a second term in the U.S. Senate, where he did not serve with distinction,” Trump wrote in all caps on Truth Social when Romney announced his retirement, referencing the pseudonym Romney used for a private Twitter account.
The Utah Republican’s biographer, McKay Coppins, suggested last month that the animosity between the former president and senator is so heavy that he could even opt to endorse Biden later in the election.
“I would keep an eye out for whether Romney does something like endorse Joe Biden late in the election,” Coppins said in an October interview with “The Press Box” podcast. “I mean, I have no idea, I haven’t talked to him about this. I would not be shocked if he did.”